Let’s get serious for a minute shall we? We’re women, and most of us are moms. One of the things we’re great at is taking care of others. So often our symptoms go ignored or pushed aside to care for someone else. We can’t be helpful or caring for others if we don’t take care of ourselves first. I’ve learned this the hard way, and I’m here to tell you that your health is just as important as everyone else’s health. You need to make an effort to put your health first. This week is National Women’s Health Awareness Week, and I’m here to talk to you about the importance of this!
Breast Cancer is no longer just attacking women over 50, it is now attacking women under 50, some even as young as 30! Early detection is the most effective way of beating breast cancer!
“Early detection can and does help women under 50 every day. Research shows that women diagnosed with breast cancer between 40-50 years of age typically have more aggressive rates of tumor growth. For these reasons, it’s critical that younger women adhere strictly to the annual screening interval. Simply put, mammography is the closest thing we have to a cure. We’ve come so far in early detection breakthroughs that I see these guidelines as a major setback,” says James Polfreman, president and CEO for Solis Mammography.
If someone in your family has battled breast cancer don’t wait – go and get checked. 20% of the 230,000 cases of invasive breast cancer reported in 2015 were found in women under the age of 49! Ladies, that’s a little over a decade for me. That hits too close to home! I get checked, often, my mom is a uterine cancer survivor, an aunt is a breast cancer survivor. I don’t let fear get in the way. There are people depending on me to be healthy, and I want to be here for them. So I get checked, I do the mammography yearly – I started at 30 – and I feel my breasts every time I’m in the shower.
In recent years, women have been getting mixed signals on when we should start doing mammographies. For a long time it was between the ages of 45 and 50. However, it has been concluded that women should start at 40! Ladies your mammography can save your life!